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An Idea That Began at Home

Our mission is to partner with people who have developmental disabilities and other complex conditions, resulting in the highest possible quality of life through integrated, whole-person care.

Koinonia is an idea that began at home. In the early 1970s when choices about where people with developmental disabilities could live and thrive were either few or dismal, a group of parents and other concerned citizens gathered around a kitchen table and decided there had to be a better way.

Founded in 1974, Koinonia is the leading non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization in Northeast Ohio providing residential, day program, and career services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

This year, we have refined our mission to ensure that we address the whole person, integrating care and supports in ways that support the unique needs and preferences of each person we serve. Our goal is to provide integrated care that addresses the whole individual, including intellectual and developmental disability, mental health, behavioral health, and healthcare conditions, many of which are inexorably linked in the population we serve.

Koinonia Historical Timeline

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